10 Things Subscription Box Sites Can Teach Us About Ecommerce Marketing

Posted by Abi Davies 1 Aug 17

Admit it: you love arriving home from work to find the latest issue of your favourite magazine, a handwritten letter or, better still, a carefully wrapped parcel waiting for you in your letterbox.

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There’s just something inexplicably satisfying about receiving a tangible treat now and again (even if it was you who paid for it…).

This (very human) propensity for the physical is just one reason why subscription box sites are currently prospering. Other reasons include: convenience, a curiosity to see what’s out there and a desire for something new.

According to a recent report by Hitwise, visits to online subscription retailer sites rocketed from 722,000 visits in 2013 to over 21.4 million in January 2016. This confirms that the subscription box model is becoming increasingly attractive to consumers; question is, what can the rest of us learn from its recent success?

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Topics: Ecommerce email marketing, Ecommerce content marketing, Subscription box, Top subscription boxes

Lessons in Content Marketing From 5 Editorial-First Ecommerce Sites

Posted by Abi Davies 27 Jul 17

Front_cover_of_Vogue_magazine_April_1922You only have to flick through century-old copies of fashion magazines like Vogue and Harper's BAZAAR to know that content and commerce have always gone hand in hand. It’s obvious why: the two industries complement one another, commercially and financially.

But there’s a big difference between the mutually beneficial relationship editorial and retail shared during the early twentieth century, and what we have today: ecommerce sites creating their own content as a way to form more meaningful relationships with customers.

Having been on the retail agenda since at least 2012, we have now reached the point where editorial is not just a “bonus” for retailers, but, in some instances, the lifeblood of a brand.

From a makeup brand born out of a blog to a consumer magazine’s own online store, below are five editorial-first ecommerce sites—and what they can teach us about the art of content marketing.

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Topics: Ecommerce marketing tips, Ecommerce content marketing, Editorial-first ecommerce brands

8 Brands Using Their Marketing Campaigns for the Greater Good

Posted by Abi Davies 19 Jul 17

ethical brands_marketing for the greater goodWhat do Emma Watson, Pharrell Williams and Will.i.am all have in common?

That’s right—they’re all strong advocates of sustainable, eco-friendly fashion.

But it’s not just celebrities that are waking up to the importance of looking after the world we live in. According to a recent report by Credit Suisse, millennials (famous or otherwise) are the most sustainability-conscious generation and are willing to pay “more for products and services seen as sustainable or coming from socially and environmentally responsible companies”.

With such a growing interest surrounding brands that take their corporate social responsibility very seriously (more in terms of their responsibility to *society* at large than stakeholders), we figured it was high time to take a closer look at how they’re promoting these brand values in their marketing messages.

From eye-catching website popups to summits to social media campaigns, here’s how eight ethical retailers are using their marketing for the greater good.

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Topics: Ecommerce branding, Ecommerce content marketing, fair trade clothing, corporate social responsibility retail, Sustainable retail, Brand storytelling

Excellent Examples of 4th July Marketing From Retailers

Posted by Abi Davies 4 Jul 17

Fourth of JulyHappy Fourth of July, readers, and happy birthday to the United States of America!

Today marks the 241st anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence, and to celebrate there will be a plethora of fun activities taking place across the pond—from family BBQs to parades to fireworks.

But how are ecommerce marketers marking the big day? Well, in addition to some pretty epic shopping sales, many brands have given their email marketing an Independence Day twist.

From Tommy Hilfiger to Kate Spade, here are a few of our favourites so far.

We'll keep updating this list throughout the day, so keep an eye out for your brand! 

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Topics: Ecommerce email marketing, Ecommerce content marketing, Fourth of July marketing ideas, fourth of july email

6 Examples of Enticing Experiential Marketing by Retailers

Posted by Abi Davies 22 Jun 17

Yoga event in-storeIn the battle to win unwavering customer loyalty, one thing's for sure: simply selling at people all the time just isn't going to cut it these days. 

And while the rise of online content marketing initiativessuch as influencer marketing, blogging, offering style advice (check out this blog post for some cool examples)that aim to win consumer affection for being helpful or informative has undoubtedly reached the retail mainstream, brands are moving this concept into the offline world too. 

From free yoga classes to wine-tasting events to coffee popups, the benefits of experiential retail marketing are clear: not only do they foster a deeper connection between retailers and their customers by encouraging shoppers to buy into a brand lifestyle, but they also bring great benefits such as:

  • Word of mouth marketing: While consumers are unlikely to talk to all their friends about an unremarkable trip to the shops, cool in-store experiences can help create a buzz around your brand to spread the word.
  • User-generated content: Linked to the above, creating designated hashtags and encouraging consumers to share their experiences on social can provide brands with a wealth of user-generated content that can further be used in their marketing campaigns.
  • In-store footfall: While direct selling may not be the name of the game, the additional footfall created by in-store events can have a knock on effect on sales.
  • Customer data: Offline events give brands the unique opportunity to look beyond a customer’s transactional data and get to know them more as people. All of this information can subsequently be used to send more interesting, tailored content. For example, a womenswear brand might host an in-store yoga workshop; after the event, the marketer could use attendee data to both enrich these customers' profiles (that they're interested in yoga, for example) but also create tailored follow-up marketing campaigns to encourage purchasing afterwards (a dedicated yoga-themed mailout with a special offer, for example).

And so, without further ado, here are six brands hosting awesome in-store experiences.  

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Topics: Ecommerce events, Ecommerce content marketing, ecommerce blog posts, Collecting offline data

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